(NationalSentinel) Healthcare: Whether valid or not, there is a growing perception among the electorate that in lieu of the GOP Congress’ failure to quickly repeal and replace Obamacare – as they promised to do for seven years – now Republicans own the collapsing healthcare law.
As reported by The Associated Press, there are competing interests within the GOP rank-and-file that may make reform much more difficult than expected. But at the same time, the so-called “mainstream” media has some blame in this as well.
Per the AP:
Something new is happening in a health care debate dominated for seven years by the twists and turns of Barack Obama’s signature law. The focus has shifted to ideas from President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers in Congress, and most people don’t like what they see.
With Republicans in command, their health care proposals as currently formulated have generated far more concern than enthusiasm.
Even among rank-and-file Republicans, there’s opposition to changes that would let insurers charge higher premiums to older adults, and many disapprove of cuts to Medicaid for low-income people, according to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It also found more than half of Republicans at least somewhat worried about leaving more people uninsured, as the House plan is projected to do.
March polls by Fox News and Quinnipiac University showed overall margins of opposition to the GOP proposal nearing or even exceeding those of Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or ACA, at its lowest points – such as when the HealthCare.gov website opened for business in 2013 and promptly crashed.
The AP went on to report that during the first three months of the year, the U.S. adult uninsured rate rose slightly.
Several things to note. First, Obamacare in its current form has no Republican fingerprints on it, period. Not one GOP member in the House or Senate voted for it when it passed in 2010.
In addition, there aren’t “many” Republicans who disagree with the Medicaid cuts, because most Republicans – in Congress and in statehouses around the country – never were keen on the expansion of Medicaid, because it’s unsustainable in its current form, and Obamacare made that worse.
Furthermore, a large plurality of Republican voters didn’t like the GOP replacement plan offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and backed by President Donald J. Trump, because it didn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare’s most heinous mandates and rules.
Finally, the mainstream media has done a major disservice to the GOP – no surprise there – by consistently under-reporting on the American Health Care Act, the Paul-sponsored reform effort, focusing primarily on the bill’s negatives without offering any coverage of the bill’s positives. For instance, it would have done away with the insurance mandate, saved taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, and begun the process of implementing free-market reforms.
The problem is that no matter what Republicans and Trump ultimately decide on, it’s going to be panned by Marxist Democrats’ propaganda division, the so-called “mainstream” media. But the way forward is clear: Without reintroducing the health care industry to the forces of the free market, little will change in terms of coverage and cost.
Will the Republicans wind up “owning” the Obamacare failure? It’s very possible.
But then again, it’s likely most of them realize this and the negative impact failure to repeal-and-replace will have on their reelection prospects.